Edin Dzeko
Edin Dzeko scored a last minute equaliser for Roma against Sampdoria on Wednesday

AS Roma director Monchi has revealed that Chelsea didn’t sign Edin Dzeko due to not meeting the Serie A side’s demands, Sky Italia reports via Football Italia.

Sky Italia had reported in January a deal between the two clubs had been agreed for Dzeko along with Emerson Palmieri.

Whilst Palmieri joined Chelsea, progress in trying to lure Dzeko to the club stalled. Thus, Chelsea searched elsewhere and signed Oliver Giroud on deadline day for £18m. This meant Michy Batshuayi was allowed to move on loan to Borussia Dortmund.

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea for £18m on an 18-month contract.

When speaking to Sky Italia, Monchi explains what would have happened if the Bosnian signed for the Blues.

“The English club never satisfied our demands (for Dzeko) and that is why the negotiations were not finalised.”

“We certainly would’ve signed an important striker to replace him, perhaps Giroud, there was also the option of Michy Batshuayi.”

This would have sparked a spectacular transfer triangle that could have also been beneficial for Chelsea.

In Giroud we have found a striker that suits the profile Antonio Conte is looking for and one that also has Premier League experience.

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